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Vintage Enamel Bin – SOLD

23 Oct

Vintage enamel bin

Vintage enamel bin

I think that this is the first plain enamel bin that I’ve come across – all the other black and white versions that we’ve sold have had writing on them. I’ve had ‘sugar’, ‘flour’ and ‘rice’ a few times (I once even had a ‘ghee’ tin!), but as far as I can remember this is the first bin that I’ve had with no writing at all, which I suppose makes it that much more adaptable in terms of where you can use it (you’re not just limited to the kitchen). As far as these bins go, the condition’s not bad at all. There are some chips in the enamel, which at some point look like they’ve been painted white, but the legs are still sturdy and the hinges and clasps are all in place.

A character-filled piece of enamelware that will make very attractive storage wherever you choose to use it!

Dimensions: 53cm tall x 34cm wide x 34cm deep

Price: R420

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Wood and Vinyl Lounge Suite

21 Oct

Retro wood & vinyl couch

Retro wood & vinyl couch

I’ve always loved wooden lounge suites, but they’ve become very hard to find in recent years. When I bought my first home they were already fairly difficult to come by, but they’d still turn up for sale now and again at prices that you could afford. But it’s been a good year or two since I’ve seen a wooden lounge suite for sale, so when I spotted this variation on the classic two-seater-plus-armchairs combo, I jumped at the chance to buy it, even though it’s somewhat unusual! The armchairs have been replaced by large stools on castors ( I have to say, I love that they’re on wheels!), and instead of the two-seater couch there’s a four-seater bench with the option of using cushions that need a wall to lean against. Personally I prefer the bench without the back cushions (I think that the cushions make it a bit bulky), but if you have the right space for it, I suppose it’s a more substantial piece of furniture with the cushions. I love the fact that it’s so long – not only does it make it very striking, but it also means that it could double as a bed if you’re ever in need of an extra spot for a visiting friend or family member.

An interesting set in great condition. I think you’d struggle to find a modern piece to replace it at this price – plus we all know that a contemporary version wouldn’t be nearly as cool!

Note: The original strapping has been replaced with chipboard, but the board is in perfect condition.

Dimensions: Bench-cum-couch – 2.15m long x 71cm deep x 40cm tall (85cm tall incl. back cushions); Stools – 70cm wide x50cm deep x 40cm tall

Price: Bench – R2600 – SOLD; Stools R690 each

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Retro Wood and Metal Table – SOLD

14 Oct

Retro wood & metal table

Retro wood & metal table

This is one good looking table! When I bought it it was looking a little worse for wear, but we’ve sanded down the metal legs, given them a good coat of rust treatment and painted them with black enamel paint, which should keep them going for a good few more years. The wood’s also been given a good sanding, but I’ve chosen to leave it raw because I like the way that it looks. I’m not sure how practical that is though, unless you’re going to give it regular rub-downs with some good wax, so for a small fee*, I can also have it varnished to protect it from food spills and general wear & tear.

A super handsome retro table that would look great sitting on your verandah!

* Please add R150 onto the price should you want the wood varnished.

Dimensions: 76.5cm wide x 120.5cm long x 76.5cm tall

Price: R1450

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Vintage Enamel Bins

13 Oct

Vintage enamel bin

Vintage enamel bin

This is quite a special pair of enamel bins! They’re a fair bit older than the normal black and white bins that you see, and they’re also a little bit larger. I love the feet – aren’t they so lovely? They a nice delicate touch on bins that are otherwise quite plain looking. The locks on the front of the bins are long gone, and there are quite a few chips in the speckled enamel, but I think that’s to be expected for their age.

I think that these bins would make fabulous laundry baskets, but you could also use them to store your dog pellets (the lids are heavy enough for the missing clasps not to be an issue), or as recycling bins – my brother has a ‘flour’, ‘sugar’ and ‘rice’ set of bins that he uses for plastic, paper and cans.

Dimensions: Each bin measures 34cm wide x 34cm deep x 59cm tall

Price: R450 each (one SOLD)

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Retro Desk-Cum-Dressing Table – SOLD

9 Oct

Retro desk-cum-dressing table

Retro desk-cum-dressing table

I’m not sure if this is a desk or a dressing table (hence the title!), but I suppose it could work as either really. The lady that it came from used it as a dressing table, and someone suggested putting a mirror on the flipside of the ‘lid’, which would work a treat when you’re applying your make-up. Then there’s the option of hanging a mirror above the table, on the wall behind it. On the other hand I think it works really well as a desk, and not being very large it would be perfect for a home office where you might not have that much space. I suppose what you use it for really depends on what you need it for! It could even come in handy as a funky sewing table. The options are endless…..

Note: We’ve given it a lick of paint, and it’s fine as is, but if you’re super fussy you might want to add another coat – there are are areas where the painter could have paid more attention!

Dimensions: 77cm tall x 107cm wide x 51cm deep

Price: R1400

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Wooden Library Drawers – SOLD

25 Sep

Wooden library drawers

Wooden library drawers

I have to say, I’m rather proud of how these vintage library drawers came out! When I bought them they were in a rather sorry state with great big gouges in the wood, but now the meranti (at least that’s what I think it is!) is super smooth and a good few shades lighter! There are one or two screws missing from the little metal ‘labels’ that double as handles, and one of the bolts is missing, but otherwise everything’s pretty much intact. We’ve removed the metal rods that used to hold the Dewey Decimal cards as they just get in the way of the drawers, and if you do want to use them as properly functioning drawers you’ll need to put some sides and bottoms in the drawers – some skinny plywood would do the job (I think you could just slot them in, no nails necessary) or those clear plastic boxes that Wooolies sometimes sell might even fit*. But if you’re not DIY inclined, but love these drawers (they are quite beautiful!) you could still use them as-is for bigger items like cotton reels and chunky paint brushes – things that won’t fall through the thin slot on the base of the drawers.

A fantastically handsome bit of biblio history that would look great in a home or office setting – we currently have the drawers sitting in our lounge and they look mighty fine! Almost wish we could keep them……

* If they were mine to keep I’d consider putting some clear Perspex sides in the drawers. It’d be a bit pricier than the plywood, but I think it’s look great.

Dimensions: 120cm tall  x 106m wide x 53cm deep

Price: R2650

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